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Jerry Thornton

September 10, 1951 December 28, 2018
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Jerry Lane Thornton, 67, or Rogersville, AL passed on December 28, 2018 at Huntsville Hospital.
Jerry was a 1971 graduate of Lauderdale County High School and Allen Thornton Trade School, where he studied auto mechanics and sheet metal.
Jerry lived and worked in construction and as a lineman in many states of the North, in the South and as far away as Texas. In the 80’s, he moved to central Florida where he met and married Sharon Adele Thornton. Together they raised many children and grandchildren. Looking through family photos, it was difficult to find a picture of Jerry without a child clinging to his shirttail or riding on his shoulders.
Jerry was special because he was severely hearing impaired. However, he did not attend any special schools, nor did he have the benefit of hearing aids, at the time. It was difficult for him to learn, because he could not hear, he tried hard and did the best he could. He could read, write, spell very well and he cataloged things that were important to him: how many cars he owned (over 40); how many states he visited (to many to list) how many jobs he worked, etc. He kept things...that were memories to him.
He was a hard worker and remained dedicated to whatever task was at hand. What he lacked in hearing, he made up for with his ability to make or do almost anything with his hands. He was a tile artist, a block mason, auto mechanic, line man, CDL licensed and held numerous certificates in related fields.
He did not hunt or fish, but he collected knifes, coins, belt buckles and had a love affair with watches and clocks. He could take a watch,clocks, or gadgets apart, lay a hundred pieces on a cloth, clean the tiny parts, and put the gadget, watch, clock or auto engine back together. He may have never been on time for anything in his life, but his clocks were set to the second, so they all chimed, whistled, crowed, mooed, coo cooed or sang in unison. Clocks were his children; he cared for them.
Jerry enjoyed astronomy, he could name the constellations and point to a planet and say that it Venus or that is Mars. He really enjoyed the lunar eclipse a few years ago , as we watched the shadows change in the strange light of mid day. We once chased a night eclipse from Joe Wheeler Dam to Elk River, to ensure he had the best of views. He loved the vivid colors of the sunsets that he watched from his Alabama front porch or a Florida lake.
Perhaps it was his love for sunsets that lead to his love of pastel pencil art. He colored and drew on paper, on wood, on most anything he could find, as the mood struck him.
Jerry was a son, brother, nephew, cousin and a father a friend to all who were blessed to have known him. He is preceded in death by his mother: Mary Agnes Thornton Hall, his father Eugene Farley, his adoptive father Charles Peoples and his loving guardians George “Hobo” and Nadean Thornton of Rogersville. He is survived by his only son: Jerry Thornton, Jr of Ohio; siblings Darlene Peoples Stokes, Darryl Peoples, Debra Peoples Geiger James, Lynn and Jonathan Greydaneous, Galen Hall, Dale and Kenny Peoples, Joy Smith, two Farley brothers, as well as numerous step children, step grandchildren and the many members of his Thornton/Peoples/Farley extended family.
A celebration of the Life of our dear brother, Jerry Thornton, will be held at the Rogersville, AL Funeral home on Friday, January 4; visitation 2 to 4 p.m. Service officiated by Trent Thornton at 4 p.m. Family and friends are invited to join in a final prayer of goodbye at the gravesite, with a balloon release at Jerry’s favorite time of day: sunset.


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